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Gay's Cave and Diamond

A Grade II* Listed Building in Amesbury, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1743 / 51°10'27"N

Longitude: -1.7906 / 1°47'25"W

OS Eastings: 414737

OS Northings: 141692

OS Grid: SU147416

Mapcode National: GBR 502.B3Y

Mapcode Global: VHB5B.XR85

Entry Name: Gay's Cave and Diamond

Listing Date: 10 January 1953

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1131081

English Heritage Legacy ID: 321314

Location: Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Amesbury

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Amesbury St Mary and St Melor

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

SU 1541
11/3 Gay's Cave and Diamond

Grotto, late C18, perhaps by Flitcroft or Chambers. Limestone
facade and lining to chalk cut cave set in cliff over River Avon,
and below defences of Vespasian's camp (landscaped Iron Age
hillfort). Spoil forms front apron with inclined paths forming the
'diamond' in plan and elevation. Facade set at end of short
dromos, an arch with springing and keyblocks, and an open cornice,
all mouldings partly 'overgrown' with uncut rock-faced stone. Iron
gates with fan top.
Interior has square cell with arch headed niches each side, and to
rear, an arch to an apse. Groined vault. Settings in floor for
features now missing. Probably the place used by John Gay to write
'The Beggar's Opera' and 'Polly' in seclusion during his long stay
and patronage by the Duchess of Queensbury.

Listing NGR: SU1473741692

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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